Saudi city dwellers get back to nature on Riyadh floriculture tour

Saudi city dwellers get back to nature on Riyadh floriculture tour
Exotic plants are also featured among flower varieties including lilium, chrysanthemum, Casablanca, spray roses, and tulips and visitors are invited to pick and sample fresh vegetables along the way. (Photo by Saad Aldossari)
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Updated 20 January 2022

Saudi city dwellers get back to nature on Riyadh floriculture tour

Saudi city dwellers get back to nature on Riyadh floriculture tour
  • ‘We decided to design this experience to showcase the beauty of floriculture in the desert of Najd’

RIYADH: Saudi city dwellers are being offered the chance to get back to nature by delving into the world of plants.

The opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of life in Riyadh has been made available at a flower plantation just a 40-minute drive from the center of the capital.

Tour agency Maalim — that runs specialist trips to destinations throughout the Kingdom — has been operating trips to a farm in Al-Muzahimiyah where visitors can discover floriculture, learning how to plant and grow all kinds of flowers. 




Exotic plants are also featured among flower varieties including lilium, chrysanthemum, Casablanca, spray roses, and tulips and visitors are invited to pick and sample fresh vegetables along the way. (Photo by Saad Aldossari)

As well as offering cultural, agricultural, and tourist trips, the travel firm plans to introduce factory tours to help promote and support Saudi businesses and products.

The popular floriculture experience has been running every Friday and Saturday since August for groups of 18 to 20 people or private parties and trips will come to a seasonal close at the end of January. 




Exotic plants are also featured among flower varieties including lilium, chrysanthemum, Casablanca, spray roses, and tulips and visitors are invited to pick and sample fresh vegetables along the way. (Photo by Saad Aldossari)

Hessah Alajaji, founder of the Maalim agency, said: “Citizens and visitors of Saudi Arabia have never heard of this huge flower farm in Saudi Arabia. Yet it was established in 1991 and used to export produce internationally. But due to high demand in the Kingdom, it became locally distributed.

“We decided to design this experience to showcase the beauty of floriculture in the desert of Najd.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The tour is suitable for families, couples, friendship groups, and individuals and starts with an optional short bicycle ride passing by the farm’s glasshouses and wells.

• A guide then leads an indoor plantation walking tour through up to six glasshouses where visitors can watch farmers nurturing crops and learn about watering and growing methods.

“We seek opportunities and design experiences in different locations in the Kingdom for everyone to enjoy. We care about preserving nature and culture and we put a lot of effort into protecting the authenticity of the locations and tailor experiences accordingly.

“If you told me that there would be a place in Riyadh that has unique flower planting, I wouldn’t believe it,” she added. 




Exotic plants are also featured among flower varieties including lilium, chrysanthemum, Casablanca, spray roses, and tulips and visitors are invited to pick and sample fresh vegetables along the way. (Photo by Saad Aldossari)

The tour is suitable for families, couples, friendship groups, and individuals and starts with an optional short bicycle ride passing by the farm’s glasshouses and wells. A guide then leads an indoor plantation walking tour through up to six glasshouses where visitors can watch farmers nurturing crops and learn about watering and growing methods.

Exotic plants are also featured among flower varieties including lilium, chrysanthemum, Casablanca, spray roses, and tulips and visitors are invited to pick and sample fresh vegetables along the way.

In addition, the chance to create a bouquet is available at a flower arranging session, run by Loverda Academy. A floral-themed brunch brings the tour to a climax.


Experts from 29 nations gather in Jeddah for international sports sciences conference

Experts from 29 nations gather in Jeddah for international sports sciences conference
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Experts from 29 nations gather in Jeddah for international sports sciences conference

Experts from 29 nations gather in Jeddah for international sports sciences conference
  • ‘This conference is a novel idea, especially since Saudi Arabia has been recently bidding to be at the forefront of the developed world and sports,’ said Adnan Al-Humaidan, the university’s president
  • Delegates will discuss a number of topics, including sports governance, women’s sports, digital transformation, and ways in which sport can attract investment and support the economy

JEDDAH: Academics, researchers, specialists and lecturers from 19 countries gathered at the University of Jeddah on May 18 for the start of Sports Sciences: Economy, Health, Lifestyle, which is said to be the first international conference of its kind.

The two-day event, held under the patronage of the minister of education, began with a welcome speech by Adnan Al-Humaidan, the president of the university.

“This conference is a novel idea, especially since Saudi Arabia has been recently bidding to be at the forefront of the developed world and sports,” he said.

He said that the decision of the university to organize the conference reflects the aim of the Kingdom to be an international leader in sports sciences, to help contribute to achieving the goals of the nation’s Vision 2030 development and diversification plan.

Delegates will discuss a number of topics during the conference, including the relationships between sports, health and the quality of life program as part of Vision 2030, and the issue of governance in sport and its role in tackling corruption within sporting organizations.

The event will also explore women’s sports, the use of artificial intelligence and the digital transformation of the sports industry, and the role of sport in generating financial and human investments and supporting the national economy, and the contributions of software and technology to the development of sports.

Princess Reema bint Bandar, the Saudi ambassador to the US and a member of the International Olympic Committee, delivered a keynote speech during the first session of the opening day, which was devoted to a discussion of the experiences of Saudi, Arab and international women in sport. 

Speaking via video link, she said: “Saudi women are making tremendous strides in the world of sports, starting with individual participation and progressing to official representation in regional and international competitions. And I am proud to see them right now in every sport and holding top positions in the various local sports federations.

“Today, sport emerges as an important component of the socioeconomic development of a country. Therefore women must be part of that development, not only to be athletes but also to seek other top positions in sports.

“As women increasingly participate in sport and occupy more leadership roles within the sporting sector, they influence the meaning of sport and the place of women in it.”

Other speakers during the opening session included Maha Juffali, president of the Saudi Special Olympics Federation, and Lina Al-Maeena, a pioneer of women’s sports in Saudi Arabia who broke new ground 18 years ago when she founded the Jeddah United women’s basketball team.

Other sessions considered the role of the sports media in promoting the adoption of a more healthy lifestyle, and how best to benefit from international and Arab experiences in the field of sports sciences.


Makkah Governor awards ISEF 2022 winning students

Makkah Governor awards ISEF 2022 winning students
Updated 18 May 2022

Makkah Governor awards ISEF 2022 winning students

Makkah Governor awards ISEF 2022 winning students
  • The winning students expressed their thanks and appreciation to Prince Khaled for his gesture
  • This year’s ISEF exhibition attracted more than 2,000 students from public education systems in over 85 countries

JEDDAH: The Governor of Makkah region, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, has honored successful students from Makkah and Jeddah who attended a science fair in the US earlier this month.
Prince Khalid congratulated three winning students who took prizes at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which was held from May 7 to 13.
The Governor and adviser to King Salman congratulated the students, stressing the importance of striving for success that contributes to the nation’s continued renaissance.
Student Mawaddah Omar, hailing from Makkah, won third place in social and behavioral sciences, Youssef Khoja, from Jeddah, won a special award in embedded systems, and Rafaa Qanash won fourth place in engineering technologies.
The winning students expressed their thanks and appreciation to Prince Khaled for his gesture, which they said had a profound impact on them, motivating them to exert more effort and showcase more Saudi achievements in international scientific forums.
The Saudi Embassy in the US tweeted: “Congratulations to our young #Saudi scientists Represented by @mawhiba and @tc_mohe, the student delegation won 6 awards at #ISEF2022, the second time this record is achieved in the Kingdom’s 16th year of participation.”
This year’s ISEF exhibition attracted more than 2,000 students from public education systems in over 85 countries.
The Saudi Center for International Communication tweeted: “Saudi students made history with an impressive success at the Regeneron International Scientific and Engineering Fair 2022 in Georgia, #USA. KSA has won 22 major awards, meaning 62 percent of the total number of prizes. #ISEF_2022.”
ISEF 2022 marks the Kingdom’s 16th consecutive participation in the forum, which has been part of an annual program organized by the Mawhiba Foundation since 2007.
Saudi students have won 83 prizes at ISEF events, including 53 major prizes and 30 special prizes. Mawhiba also presented special annual international prizes in the competition for students from 20 countries.


Japanese delegation visits KSrelief headquarters in Riyadh

Japanese delegation visits KSrelief headquarters in Riyadh
Updated 18 May 2022

Japanese delegation visits KSrelief headquarters in Riyadh

Japanese delegation visits KSrelief headquarters in Riyadh
  • Yemen, Palestine, and Syria benefitted the most from KSrelief projects
  • The Japanese delegates praised the big role that KSrelief plays in supporting needy people around the world

RIYADH: A diplomatic delegation from Japan visited the headquarters of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center in Riyadh on Wednesday.

The delegates watched a presentation detailing humanitarian and aid projects carried out by KSrelief, which amount to 1,997 schemes across 83 countries in cooperation with 175 international, regional, and local partners.

The country that benefited the most was Yemen, where 702 projects with a total value exceeding $4 billion were carried out, followed by Palestine with 107 projects worth $369 million, and Syria with 702 projects worth $327 million.

The projects provided food, health, educational, and shelter aid.

The delegates also learned about the center’s various qualitative programs including the rehabilitation of recruited children, the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance, and projects providing prosthetic limbs.

The Japanese delegates praised the big role that KSrelief plays in supporting needy people around the world.


Norway’s relations with Saudi Arabia ‘excellent, growing’: Envoy at national day ceremony

Norway’s relations with Saudi Arabia ‘excellent, growing’: Envoy at national day ceremony
Updated 18 May 2022

Norway’s relations with Saudi Arabia ‘excellent, growing’: Envoy at national day ceremony

Norway’s relations with Saudi Arabia ‘excellent, growing’: Envoy at national day ceremony
  • The envoy made his comments during a ceremony at the Norwegian Embassy to mark his country’s Constitution Day
  • Thomas Lid Ball: ‘Our bilateral relations are growing; Norway has enjoyed excellent relations with the Kingdom since they were officially established back in 1961’

RIYADH: The Norwegian ambassador to Saudi Arabia hailed relations between the two countries as the Scandinavian nation on Tuesday celebrated its national day.

And Thomas Lid Ball predicted that the long-established bonds would only strengthen over the coming years.

The envoy made his comments during a ceremony at the Norwegian Embassy to mark his country’s Constitution Day, an event attended by a number of guests including Saudi government officials, business leaders, and Riyadh Mayor Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz who was present on behalf of Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar.

In a speech, the Norwegian diplomat said: “Our bilateral relations are growing. Norway has enjoyed excellent relations with the Kingdom since they were officially established back in 1961.

“To all Saudi brothers and sisters who are here today, I would like to say that we greatly appreciate our long-standing bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia. As a Norway ambassador, I would like to further those relations in the years to come.

“One key dimension of Norway’s engagement in Saudi Arabia and vice versa is fuel production. What Saudi Arabia and Norway have in common, is that we are producing oil and gas. Of course, Norway is small in comparison to Saudi Arabia.

“We also have a common political commitment to cut emissions and to achieve carbon neutrality by making energy production greener, through new technologies.

“For example, carbon capture and storage by investing in renewables, in hydrogen, and protecting our marine resources, producing sustainable seafood, and breeding maritime industries by aiming for green technologies and carbon neutrality to act in all sectors. And there is no time to lose in this field. We must accelerate our efforts.

“People in the Middle East feel impacted by climate change already. I believe that the public awareness around this issue will only grow as this region is hosting the next two climate summits,” he added.

He pointed out that the business community and industries across many sectors had key roles to play in bringing forward the technologies to know-how and the implementation capacity that was required for the green transition.

The envoy noted that Norway’s constitution, from 1814, was one of the oldest in the world and when signed on May 17 of that year marked the beginning of a modern sovereign and democratic country, laying the foundations for a parliament, power sharing, and civil rights.

He said: “This year, unfortunately, our national day happens at a time of war in Europe. Millions of innocent civilians need protection and lifestyle-saving assistance. The wide-ranging consequences of Russia having provoked an awful attack on Ukraine has been felt throughout the world, not least in Yemen, and other countries where many people are vulnerable to price rises.

“Rarely on our Constitution Day, has it been more essential to emphasize the rights of every sovereign nation to determine its own future and to stress the critical importance of international law and the UN Charter,” he added.

“On our national day, we also honor the Kingdom of Norway, our royal family,” he said, before reading out an email from the Norwegian king and queen conveying a message of peace, harmony, and best wishes.


Saudi deputy defense minister meets US national security adviser

Saudi deputy defense minister meets US national security adviser
Updated 18 May 2022

Saudi deputy defense minister meets US national security adviser

Saudi deputy defense minister meets US national security adviser
  • Both officials discussed ways to support and enhance relations within the framework of a common vision
  • They reviewed solid Saudi-US relations, and discussed prospects for cooperation and joint coordination

RIYADH: Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in Washington, D.C, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

Prince Khalid said in a tweet that the meeting was organized on the directive of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“I met with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan to review the enduring and historic Saudi-US partnership, and discuss solidifying US-Saudi coordination,” Prince Khalid said.

During the meeting, the two reviewed solid Saudi-US relations and discussed prospects for cooperation, as well as joint coordination, between the Kingdom and the US.

Both officials also discussed ways to support and enhance relations within the framework of a common vision.

The meeting was attended by Saudi Ambassador to the US Princess Reema bint Bandar, Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber and other officials.

The coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa affairs at the US National Security Council, Brett McGurk, also attended the meeting.